Injured Pedro Rizzo out of ProElite 2 main event with Tim Sylvia
An arm injury has forced Pedro Rizzo (19-9) out of next month's ProElite 2 headliner with fellow ex-UFC heavyweight Tim Sylvia (29-7).
Rizzo today announced via Twitter that he recently suffered a partial tear of his left triceps tendon.
MMAjunkie could not immediately reach ProElite officials to determine if a Plan B is in place or if a replacement is being sought.
"So I would like to apologize to ... ProElite and specially to Tim Sylvia because I can't be in the ring on Nov. 5 to face him," Rizzo stated.
ProElite 2 takes place Nov. 5 at the 12,000-seat iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. No broadcast plans have been announced for the show, which also includes an Andrei Arlovski (16-9) vs. Travis Fulton (247-48-10) co-headliner and the launch of a prospects-driven eight-man heavyweight tournament. However, the promotion is in talks with HDNet to air the Nov. 5 show and additional events, sources close to negotiations recently told MMAjunkie.com.
Rizzo hasn't fought since July 2010, when he leg kicked the nearly expired Ken Shamrock into submission for a TKO win at "Impact FC 2: The Uprising" in Australia. It was his third consecutive victory with additional wins over Jeff Monson and Gary Goodridge.
Sylvia makes his promotional debut after recently getting back in the win column in August. In a super-heavyweight bout typical of the ex-champ's chosen weight class of late, he knocked out Patrick Barrentine in regional competition. (A highly publicized January bout with "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran Abe Wagner, which he expected would put him closer to a his goal of returning to a major MMA promotion, ended in heartbreak when Wagner stopped him with strikes in the first round.)